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Eleth Lee Chappat: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Chappat, Eleth Lee
Interviewer(s):
Selvidge, Sarah
Title:
Eleth Lee Chappat: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Eleth Lee Chappet was born and raised in Southern California. After the attack at Pearl Harbor and the construction of shipyards in the Bay Area, her father taught her how to weld so she could begin working as a welder at age 17. She talks about her experiences growing up in the post-Depression years, moving to San Francisco, meeting her husband, the work environment of the shipyards, and the aftermath of the Port Chicago Explosion. After her welding job ended, she waited tables at the Port Chicago restaurant, going on to pursue a career at the American Can before becoming a SamTrans bus driver.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2010
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Chappat, Eleth Lee. "Eleith Lee Chappat: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Sarah Selvidge in 2010. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2012.